Tyson Fury vs Anthony Joshua. Just a few months ago, that was the topic on everyone’s lips. The contracts were signed and the mouth-watering, all-British encounter looked to finally be on the cards once and for all. However, it all came crashing down when Fury was forced into a trilogy rematch with his old foe Deontay Wilder, and boxing fans were once again left asking whether or not this fight will ever actually happen.
Meanwhile, Joshua had agreed to take on mandatory challenger Oleksandr Usyk at the state-of-the-art Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. The general consensus was that both ‘AJ’ and ‘The Gypsy King’ would see off their respective opponents and the blockbuster fight would be back on again, with the duo set to face off twice in 2022 alone.
Of course, that didn’t go to plan either. Joshua was well beaten by the Ukrainian powerhouse in north London. Usyk dominated the bout from start to finish, visibly hurting the Watford-native on several occasions. In fact, he even passed up the chance to knock Joshua out in the dying embers, opting to take the comfortable points victory — 117-112, 116-112, 115-113.
In that defeat, the second of Joshua’s exceptional career, many believe any hope of the all-British fight ever taking place has been washed down the drain. There is still a glimmer of hope though. If AJ can win the rematch, which will likely take place in Ukraine, then we could see Fury vs Joshua at some point, but that will be no easy feat. Usyk schooled Joshua in the ring in every sense last month and it’s hard to see any other result in the rematch.
Yes, this is a situation AJ has been in previously when he was shocked by Andy Ruiz Jr. back in 2019. And while he put things right in the rematch later that year, this is a completely different kettle of fish. Joshua shouldn’t have been beaten by Ruiz in the first place, and a win in the second fight against the out-of-shape Mexican was almost a certainty. That won’t be the case against Usyk. In fact, after his dominant display, Joshua will most likely head into the rematch as the underdog for the first time in his career.
That leaves us asking is ‘Fury vs Usyk the new mega-fight?’ It’s fair to say that after his performance against Joshua, most people would rather see Usyk go toe-to-toe with The Gypsy King. After all, the Ukrainian is now one of the best pound-for-pound fighters in the world and the WBA, IBF, WBO, and IBO champion, so a bout with Fury could be a huge unification fight.
Of course, the Briton needs to deal with Wilder first. Fury v Wilder odds are firmly in his favor, but the American is a dangerous opponent and everyone knows, including Fury, that if just one of Wilder’s hammer blows lands cleanly then it could be the end of the fight.
That shouldn’t be the case though. It would be a real shock if The Gypsy King is beaten at the T-Mobile Arena. Fury put on a convincing performance in the second fight and never looked in any real danger before the fight was ended via technical knockout in the seventh round.
Fury vs Usyk certainly looks more likely to happen in the future than an all-British bout with Fury and Joshua, and it would definitely attract just as much interest as the Ukrainian now looks to be the fiercest opponent in the heavyweight division. Of course, a lot needs to happen over the coming months, starting with Fury beating Wilder, but we wouldn’t be surprised to see this bout made later next year, and it will certainly be a fight for the ages!